Bielefeld Markets

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Starting this Thursday April 2nd will be a new weekly evening market at Klosterplatz from 16:00 to 20:00 with local produce, bread, flowers and a beer garden. Should be a nice place to meet after work once the weather warms up.


Other markets in Bielefeld:

Kesselbrink – Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays 7:00 – 13:00

Alte Markt  – Flowers and fruit Wednesdays and Saturdays 9:00 – 14.00. Friday 9:00 – 14:00 flowers only.

Siegfriedplatz – Wednesday and Fridays 7:00 – 13:00




Asia Markets


On this lovely sunny day in Bielefeld I was out doing some shopping at the Asian stores we have in the center of town and thought I should share.In the center of Bielefeld there are two located right near Kesselbrink (which happens to be a very large construction site right now.)  One is directly across from the Kesselbrink parking lot and garage called Ngoc-Thao (This is where I would normally put in a link but the website is not working and google shows the old address before they moved.  Current address is Fredrich-Ebert-Strasse 9.).  They often have fresh dim sum at the register for sale as well as a large selection of various asian ingredients.  The freezer section is well stocked and the refrigerator always has a selection of herbs, vegetables, and fresh tofu.

oodles of noodles

Being that I am a Glutenfree girl, this is where I buy my flours (rice, tapioca, corn) and noodles (hello glass noodles, you are looking yummy today!).  You can also find large quantities of eastern spices for a much more reasonable price and jasmin rice in bulk.  This is also the only place I have seen fresh bok choy and other asian vegetables (though not regularly).

My purchases today from Ngoc-Thao:

  • Fresh Coriander
  • Fresh Long Green Beans
  • Coconut Milk (in carton instead of can)
  • Glass Noodles (silver noodle)
  • large Hoisin sauce bottle
  • Tamari sauce
  • Tapioca flour
    Total price = 17euros
The second store is called BAO THY and is located behind the big Tcom building.  There is a big plaza behind the building that joins with the New Bielefeld Library.  There are sometimes markets here (though I have missed all of them somehow.) In any case, in the back corner is where you will find Bao Thy.Though many of the products are similar to Ngoc Thao, there are a few differences.  First this one has a much better selection of dried mushrooms and herbs for traditional dishes.  There is also a good selection of items to make kimchee and pre made kimchee.  They also have a much larger freezer section with a different selection of fish and dumplings.  I also love the mochi in taro or sesame flavor and some of the Indian products that they sell here too. And now they have a bubble tea bar (DH will like that!)

My purchases today from Bao Thy:

  • canned salted/fermented black beans
  • fresh birds eye chilies
  • fresh mint
  • taro mochi
  • pre-made Indian lunch boxes x3
    Total price = 12euros

Both places are fantastic for sauces and spices and the pricing is pretty similar.  I usually hit both for different reasons, but for me both are part of the required shopping for a properly stocked pantry.

Tonights menu:

Bruised Cucumber Salad
Spicy Black Bean with Spinach and Egg
Jasmin Rice
Chúc ngon miệng!